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For more information about our program, please contact Debbie Wells, program coordinator, at (912) 350-8598.

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How to apply

  • ERAS: 4401231084
  • NRMP: 1971440C0

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Welcome from our Program Director

Welcome to the General Surgery Residency Program at Mercer University School of Medicine and Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia. We appreciate your interest in our training program.

Our categorical five-year surgical residency program gives bright, highly motivated individuals the opportunity to acquire the full spectrum of surgical skills and knowledge necessary to become a competent general surgeon, whether destined for direct entry into practice or moving on to surgical subspecialty fellowship.

Mission Statement

The Memorial Health University Medical Center General Surgery Residency Program’s mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders. As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents’ perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values, and ideals.

Program Overview

The General Surgery Program at Memorial Health University Medical Center is fully accredited by the ACGME residency review committee with five categorical positions available per year for a total of 25 categorical residents in the five-year program.

Our ACGME accreditation follows the next accreditation system (NAS) and we currently have a 10-year cycle approval, the highest possible rating.

The program's goals are to prepare the resident to practice safe surgery with sound judgment and to offer the education needed to ensure that the resident passes the qualifying and certifying examinations of the American Board of Surgery. The resident is offered increased responsibility for patient care that begins on the first day of the residency and progresses to supervised, independent clinical activity in the chief resident year.

In addition to our core general surgery curriculum, we offer an enhanced curriculum in hepatobiliary surgery, endovascular surgery, and advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques. Our curriculum promotes the use of technology and minimally invasive surgery and includes a web-based application, didactic lectures, laparoscopic trainers, a laboratory animal facility, and surgical simulation.

Our list of specialties includes trauma/critical care, surgical oncology, ENT, cardiothoracic, vascular surgery, colorectal surgery, pediatric surgery and minimally invasive surgery. Our graduates have gone on to pursue prestigious fellowships or work in private practice.

Our residents are involved in all levels of medical school teaching, including clinical teaching, clinical experiences, departmental conferences, lectures and discussions. Each resident is required to have a peer-reviewed article published before graduation.

The Department of Surgical Education at Memorial Health University Medical Center trains Mercer University School of Medicine third- and fourth-year medical students.

The students have a documented curriculum that is coordinated with the curriculum being performed at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Get to Know the Team

Christopher K. Senkowski, MD
Program Director

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Curriculum & Rotation Schedule

Our expertly crafted programs are designed to provide resident physicians with all the experiences and training necessary for professional success.

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Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule

Residents have time on Thursdays from 7:00am until approximately 1:00pm for the academic component of their surgical training.

The instructional methods for our conferences include performance presentation, feedback, and formal classroom instruction. The core curriculum is integrated into these discussions and through the assignment of special projects.

The use of laparoscopic trainers and high-tech simulation for minimally invasive surgery is also part of our curriculum. Residents have an opportunity to use animal models for the development of minimally invasive and open surgical skills.

Residents also engage in a formal mock oral examination in preparation for the qualifying examination for the American Board of Surgery.

The main components of our curriculum are

  • morbidity and mortality (M and M) conference
  • grand rounds
  • basic science conferences
  • systems-based practice
  • subspecialty conferences
  • chairman’s conferences
  • pathology conferences
  • trauma M and M
  • monthly research meetings
  • ABSITE and mock oral review
  • MIS training

Basic Conference Schedule Format

Time Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5
7:00am M&M M&M M&M M&M M&M
8:00am MIS Curriculum Conference
/Skills Lab
Grand Rounds Research Conference Grand Rounds Grand Rounds
11:00am Trauma M&M Conference Chairman's Conference Chief Resident Conference Pathology Conference alternating monthly with FES Didactic Conference Trauma M&M Conference
noon Fundamentals of Surgery (SCORE conference) - Basic and Clinical Science Fundamentals of Surgery (SCORE conference) - Basic and Clinical Science Fundamentals of Surgery (SCORE conference) - Basic and Clinical Science Fundamentals of Surgery (SCORE conference) - Basic and Clinical Science Fundamentals of Surgery (SCORE conference) - Basic and Clinical Science